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3:37 left in the first half. Johnson, facin
24.05.2018, 03:50 AM
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3:37 left in the first half. Johnson, facin
TORONTO - Although no one could quite explain the cause or prescribe a cure, that 12-minute stretch coming out of the halftime break used to be a troublesome time for Dwane Caseys club. Those third-quarter woes that plagued the Raptors for years, up to and including last season, appear to be a thing of the past. Entering Wednesdays game, Toronto had outscored opponents by 96 points in the third this season - only two NBA teams (Clippers, Warriors) have a better mark. While the Raptors can sympathize, no one knows the third-quarter blues quite like these Sacramento Kings, who still had visions of a red-hot Klay Thompson dancing in their heads when they allowed Toronto put on yet another remarkable shooting display. That was a huge, Casey said after his team rode a big third-quarter run to their decisive 119-102 win over Sacramento. That was something that we werent getting in the first half. I thought the defence set the tempo for our offence. We started being more aggressive offensively. With Sundays game in New York cancelled due to weather concerns, the Kings have had five days to think about Thompsons record-setting performance. The Warriors guard dropped 37 of his 52 points in the third, shooting a perfect 13-for-13 from the field, 9-for-9 from three-point range in the quarter. The Raptors added to that nightmare. Toronto led by just one point when DeMarcus Cousins, a long-time Raptor killer, went to the bench with four fouls five minutes into the frame. Outscoring the rested visitors 26-10 over the remainder of that period, the Raptors dropped a total of 39 points in the third, shooting 67 per cent and hitting eight of their 10 attempts from beyond the arc. Neither Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams, who took six of them, missed a shot. Just playing with energy, said Williams, who scored a game-high 27 points on the night, hitting four of the Raptors season-high 17 three-pointers. I think we were able to get stops, big momentum plays, I think Greivis did a good job of making two big shots right out of the locker room after halftime. I think thats what sparked us. After that, its contagious when the ball is flying around and everybody is playing together. Seven Raptors scored in double figures and seven knocked down at lease one triple, as the team shot 50 per cent from long distance, picking up their fifth win in six games following a worrisome 2-7 stretch to begin the new year. It was great for us, especially back on an upswing, winning some games, Williams said. The whole locker room is playing well and everybodys contributing, its huge for us. I think it was big for us. This was their most convincing victory over that stretch. Despite the Kings 16-28 record and recent slide - losers of seven in a row - they havent been an easy out for the Raptors over the years. Cousins came into his eighth career meeting with Toronto averaging 22.9 points against them - his highest versus any opponent. With the sparingly used Chuck Hayes leading the charge defensively, the Raptors held Cousins in check. The dominant centre totalled just 13 points in 30 minutes, committing nine turnovers. Sacramento came into the game outscoring opponents by 6.8 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, outscored by 12.5 when hes on the bench. I think our bigs did a great job, especially Chuck, Williams said. Chuck gets thrown into that fire, we expect a lot out of him when we do that and he answers every time. So tonight was no different. Just to make catches difficult on DeMarcus and just try to play the best we can. I think we did a great job defensively as a unit just to make it tough but the bigs especially did a great job. The victory ensures that Toronto will enter the upcoming all-star break with their highest winning percentage in franchise history. Were in a good spot, Casey said after the game, preaching positivity. There shouldnt be any negativity in the room and thats just what I told that players. Every time we get a win, we start looking, we didnt do this, we didnt that, we didnt do this, we didnt do that. A couple years ago Id have been happy standing up here talking about a W. So, were in a good place. Weve got to keep growing and getting better, were not there yet but lets keep that positive vibe of getting better and doing it as a team and be proud of this team and be happy for it. STAUSKAS COMES HOME Nik Stauskas is no stranger to the Air Canada Centre. Ive been in this building 100 times as a fan, the Kings rookie and Mississauga-native said ahead of Wednesdays game, his first as a visiting NBA player in Toronto. This is my first time as a pro, and Ive just got to go out there and treat it like any other game, just play with a clear mind and go out there and have fun. Whats there to be nervous about, after all? Only 200 of his friends and family stared down from the stands as he made his way to the scorers table for the first time, nearly 10 minutes into the game. Borrowing a bunch of tickets from his teammates (each player is given a pair for each road game) in addition to the 50-seat block his mother had reserved months ago, Stauskas made the most of a moment he had been dreaming of since he was a kid. In 17 minutes off the bench, he certainly didnt show any nerves. Stauskas knocked down his first two shots, finishing with eight points in his Toronto debut. Drafted eighth overall out of Michigan this past summer, Stauskas has found that transitioning to the NBA is harder than he imagined. Playing time has been sporadic for the rookie and so has his performance. Known for his impressive range and three-point accuracy coming into the league - he shot 44 per cent from long distance in two seasons with the Wolverines - Stauskas has struggled to knock down shots as an NBA player, shooting 35 per cent from the field and hitting the three-ball at a 28 per cent clip. I would just say its mental more than anything, said Stauskas. Just being ready all the time, not focusing too much on the highs and the lows. A good example, Klay [Thompson] the other night had 37 on us in a quarter and then last night he went 0-for-13 from three. Its crazy how from night-to-night things can change like that and you cant let it affect you too much. Just going through times where I wasnt playing a lot or I wasnt playing well, I didnt know how to handle it day-to-day with those kinds of things going on. Ive just kind of learned how to stay even-keeled more often and not worry about those things all that much. More than anything else, hes learning what most rookies come to realize. There are no shortcuts in this league. Very few first-year players, regardless of their resume coming in, are able to avoid these growing pains to achieve immediate success. Ive obviously struggled this year, the 21-year-old said. Everybodys just told me keep my head up. Everybodys just told me keep working hard, keep my head up and good things will come. . 8 Sergio Parisse for its penultimate Six Nations match against Ireland at Lansdowne Road. . Amaro broke the NCAA all-time record for receiving yards in a season for a tight end with 1,352 during his junior campaign, eclipsing the mark of 1,329 set by Rices James Casey in 2008. Ferrer will play Mikhail Youzhny on Sunday after he defeated Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 6-4 in an all-Russian semifinal. "Youzhny is a good player," Ferrer said. .The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.Letestu had three goals and two assists in nine games before being injured in late October.The 29-year-old has 54 goals and 65 assists in 273 career NHL games, including 39 goals and 51 assists in 188 games with the Blue Jackets. . Alen, 28, hit .315 with five home runs, 59 RBI and a career-high nine stolen bases for the Goldeyes last season. He is the longest serving catcher in Goldeyes history, having already spent five seasons with the organization.Durham, NH (SportsNetwork.com) - If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday. The Redbirds rallied past top-seeded New Hampshire, 21-18, with two fourth- quarter touchdowns in the FCS semifinals and gave the Missouri Valley both national finalists - a first in the division. The Jan. 10 title game in Frisco, Texas, will be a fitting and ironic end to the 24-team playoffs as it matches fifth-seeded Illinois State (13-1) against second-seeded North Dakota State (14-1), which will try to win an unprecedented fourth straight FCS title. The two teams were crowned Missouri Valley co- champions this season after not facing each other in the conferences unbalanced scheduling. Illinois State qualified for the championship game for the first time with a clutch fourth-quarter performance after being limited by UNH to only two field goals in the first three quarters. Running back Marshaun Coprich scored on a 2-yard run in the first minute of the fourth quarter to pull the Redbirds within 18-13. Quarterback Tre Roberson then capped their next possession with a go-ahead 47-yard touchdown run with 7:55 left. When Jon-Marc Anderson ran in the two-point conversion, they had a 21-18 lead. New Hampshire (12-2), the CAA Football champion, reached Illinois State territory on its next drive, but was stopped on downs with 4:08 remaining. Coach Brock Spacks Redbirds then converted two first downs to run out the clock. The Redbirds lived dangerously in their first-ever meeting with New Hampshire after having come into the game with a 40.5-point average. Roberson had accounted for 36 total touchdowns in their first 13 games, but was limited to one touchdown run while totaling 373 yards (278 passing, 95 rushing). Coprich had rushed for over 100 yards in each game and entered with an FCS-high 2,089 yards and 26 touchdowns, but he was held to 79 yards on 24 carries. Under Sean McDonnell, who won the Eddie Robinson Award for the second time in his 16th season at UNH, the Wildcats had a 14-game winning streak and appeared to be in control of the game until Illinois State began to wear them down with bigger size and Robersons dual-threat skills. Their two touchdown drives went for 84 and 89 yards. Lechein Neblett was Robersons favorite target with eight receptions for 147 yards. UNH quarterback Sean Goldrich was 19-for-33 for 214 yards and an interception, adding 17 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Nico Steriti rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while All-American wide receiver R.J. Harris had six receptions for 68 yards, but was helped off the field twice during the game. New Hampshire, appearing in the playoffs for the 11th straight season - the current active high - took a 15-6 lead into halftime after Illinois State was plagued by missed opportunities in the first half. The Redbirds reached the UNH red zone four times yet came away with only two field goals by Nick Aussieker, who also missed an attempt. The big mistake came late in the first quarter when at the end of an 8-yard run Roberson fumbled the ball away to UNH cornerback Dougie Moss while spinning into linebacker Akil Anderson at the 1-yard line. The Wildcats went on a 96-yard scoring drive from there and Steriti reached the Illinois State end zone on a 6-yard draw up the middle early in the second quarter. Andy Vailas then ran in the two-point conversion to put the Wildcats ahead 15-3. Earlier in the first quarter, New Hampshire took a 7-3 lead when Goldrich scrambled into the Redbirds end zone for a 3-yard score. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Friday Night No. 2 seed North Dakota State (14-1) 35, Sam Houston State (11-5) 3 Fargo, ND - Sam Houston State might have won a national title or two and be headed back to the FCS championship game for more. If, that is, the Bearkats success in the postseasson hadnt been occurring during North Dakota States four-year dynasty.dddddddddddd The Bison did it again to Sam Houston Friday night as senior running back John Crockett totaled 232 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns in eliminating the Bearkats, 35-3, in the FCS semifinals at the Fargodome. Next up for the second-seeded Bison (14-1) is a return to the national championship game in Frisco, Texas, where on Jan. 10 they will try to win an unprecedented fourth straight FCS title against fellow Missouri Valley Conference co-champion Illinois State (13-1). The first two of North Dakota States three straight wins in the national final came against Sam Houston. The Bison are a combined 57-3 over the last four seasons, and their senior class has the chance to finish with more national championships than losses in their career. Only two other FCS programs, Eastern Kentucky (1979-1982) and Youngstown State (1991-1994), have advanced to four straight title games. The visiting Bearkats (11-5) from the Southland Conference had hoped for a different result under their first-year coach K.C. Keeler, who had led Delaware to the FCS title in 2003 as well as two other championship appearances. But the Bison, after playing poorly on offense in first half, ran away from the Bearkats behind Crockett (166 rushing yards, 66 receiving) and their powerful offensive line as well as a defense that slowed down Sam Houstons speed in the skills positions. The Bison extended their playoff winning streak to 15 games and their home winning streak to 23. North Dakota State managed only 99 yards in the first half while taking a 7-3 halftime lead, but the Bison nearly matched that total on their second drive of the third quarter when they began to take control of the game. On the third play, Crockett went undefended coming out of the backfield for a 35-yard reception from quarterback Carson Wentz. On the next play, Crocketts backup, King Frazier, sliced through the Sam Houston defensive line for a 33- yard touchdown run which put the Bison ahead 14-3 midway the quarter. On the first play of North Dakota States next drive, Crockett went around left end to explode for a 55-yard touchdown run which extended the lead to 21-3 with 6:52 remaining in the quarter. That margin is usually insurmountable for North Dakota State, but for good measure, Crockett scored on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter before Wentz connected with R.J. Urzendowski for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 3:18 left to play. In the statement performance by coach Chris Kliemans squad, the Bison outgained Sam Houston by a decisive 217 yards to 49 in the third quarter and 398-338 overall to end the Bearkats eight-game winning streak. The Bisons improved offensive success in the second half was welcomed after they clung to the 7-3 halftime lead. After the first three Sam Houston possessions didnt produce a first down in the first quarter, the Bison ran off a nine-play, 68-yard scoring drive for a 7-0 lead. Crockett caught a 31-yard reception on the drive and then went off right tackle to ease into the Sam Houston end zone from 3 yards out with 3:52 left. Sam Houston quarterback Jared Johnsons 39-yard pass to Gerald Thomas to the Bison 11 on the first play of the second quarter set up the Bearkats for their only score, Luc Swimberghes 22-yard field goal which completed a 15-play, 82- yard drive and pulled them within 7-3 with 13:37 left in the first half. Johnson, facing great pressure by Bison pass rushers, was 20-for-31 for 227 yards and was picked off in the fourth quarter by linebacker Nick DeLuca (13 tackles), and he added another 66 yards on 25 carries. Wentz was 13-for-19 for 179 yards and one interception in the win. Bison defensive end Kyle Emanuel, the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award winner, had a career-high 11 tackles with 2 1/2 sacks, tying the schools career record of 41 sacks set in 1974 by Jerry Dahl and tied in 1990 by Phil Hansen. ' ' '
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